Monday, May 17, 2010

Movie News: An Army of Ivan Dragos

20,000 Leagues movie



McG's Captain Nemo prequel may be dead in the water, but that doesn't mean that Disney's given up on the idea of a new Nemo film altogether. David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) had a take on it that he wanted to try and Disney is apparently moving with it. [/Film]

Meet Your New Richelieu



Remember that there are two Three Musketeers movies in the works right now. One is being produced by the guy who produced Sherlock Holmes; the other's by Paul WS Anderson (the Resident Evil franchise). Lately there hasn't been a lot of noise about Anderson's version (making me wonder if it had been dropped), but now he's released a ton of cast information and it's pretty cool who he's got (or is trying to get).

Christoph Waltz (Inglorious Basterds) will play Cardinal Richilieu, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) is in negotiations to be D'Artagnan, Milla Jovovich will be the wicked Milady de Winter, and Anderson wants Orlando Bloom to play the Duke of Buckingham. No word yet on who might play the important roles of the king and queen of France, but Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) is going to be Richilieu's henchman Rochefort. Matthew Macfadyen (Darcy to Keira Knightley's Elizabeth) will be Athos, Luke Evans (who had a brief role as Apollo in the new Clash of the Titans and also has a bit part in the new Robin Hood) will be Aramis, and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, The Book of Eli) is Porthos. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Iron Man IV, SHIELD, Allan Quartermain (sort of), Moon Nazis, Monsterpocalypse, alien Olyphant, and who was responsible for Indy 4 after the break.


Shia LeBeouf on Indy 4: "[Ford] wasn't happy with it either."



The Los Angeles Times has a refreshing interview with Shia LeBeouf in which the actor's very candid about his reaction to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. He takes a lot of the blame for the shortcomings of the film, but not all of it (as is right and proper) and he names names.

Personally, I don't know if LeBeouf deserves any of the blame. I was more tolerant of Indy 4 than most people, but I acknowledge that the plot was a huge mess. That wasn't LeBeouf's fault though and I actually really liked his character and the way he interacted with Indy. So while I appreciate his honesty about his reaction to the movie, I think he's too hard on himself. And I say that as someone who's generally ticked at LeBeouf for continuing to be in Transformers movies.

Iron Man IV trailer

Just when you thought these movies couldn't get any better... an army of Ivan Dragos and Number Five from Short Circuit.



[Robot 6]

SHIELD: The Movie



Sounds like we might get a SHIELD movie after The Avengers. At first, that sounded sort of anti-climactic, but then I thought about Samuel L Jackson in a jet pack fighting Hydra agents on an island base and got pretty excited about it. [/Film]

Allan Quartermain... in Space!



Unfortunately, he won't be played by Sean Connery, but Sam Worthington's not a bad choice. Some of my friends are kind of down on him for Clash of the Titans, but - like with Shia and Indy - I don't think that was his fault. He did a fine job in Avatar and an excellent job in Terminator: Salvation.

What is a bad choice though is turning Quartermain into a Space Pulp hero. I'm all for a Space Pulp movie starring Sam Worthington, but why do you need to call the hero Allan Quartermain? If you want to appeal to Space Pulp fans, you don't need Quartermain's name to do it. If you're trying to attract Allan Quartermain fans, which of them is going to hear about this concept and not be disappointed? It's like re-launching the James Bond films as a sword-and-sorcery series.

And Worthington does get some of the blame for this one. He's not only starring in the movie; he's also co-producing it (with the guys responsible for Smallville). [The Hollywood Reporter]

Monsterpocalypse movie?



The popular, giant-monsters/giant-robots miniature-battles game is possibly becoming a Dreamworks film (possibly with the creative input of Tim Burton). It's a great concept and the creature designs are fantastic; I just hope the plot's more engaging than the comic book series was. [Deadline]

Timothy Olyphant is not from this planet



Not in I Am Number Four he's not. The movie is based on a Young Adult sci-fi book about a group of alien kids who are hiding on Earth from other aliens who are trying to kill them. Because of some kind of charm, the kids can only be killed in numerical order. No points for guessing which number the hero is. Olyphant would play Number Four's alien guardian. [/Film]

Iron Sky trailer

It's been a couple of years since we've heard anything about the Nazi-invaders-from-the-Moon movie Iron Sky, but work on it is still progressing. And they've got a new trailer to prove it (and ask for financial support).

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